Plant HS band only Florida school to perform at ‘Music for All National Concert Festival’

The Henry B. Plant High School Band, photo courtesy Band Director Brian Dell
The Henry B. Plant High School Band, photo courtesy Band Director Brian Dell

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Henry B. Plant High School has some major bragging rights. The school’s band has accomplished something that’s never been done before. The HB Plant High School Band has been invited to perform at the 2017 Music for All National Concert Festival.

Band director Brian Dell is very proud of his students. He says more than 150 schools auditioned and only 18 schools from across the country were invited. Plant High School was the only Florida high school invited to the event.

“This is the largest event for the band program,” said Dell, who added that this will be the first time the band performs on the national stage.

“First time any band from Plant HS in 90 years has been invited to an event like this on the national level.”

The official invitation from a Music for All Representative will arrive on Sunday in the Plant High School band room.

Music for All started the festival in 1992. Music for All is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1975 and strives to make sure every child in the U.S. has the opportunity to participate in music making at school. The organization has national programs that recognize students’ performance and success. Learn more here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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